Popsugar Must Have Mini May 2016

I have for you, the second installment of the Must Have Mini from Popsugar Must Have!. Because I’m certain that most, if not all of you know about the ‘original’ Popsugar Must Have Box; I will just get on with the basic description and the info for the new ‘Mini’.


Receive a box filled with amazing, curated surprises every month. Now with two options, you get to discover innovative brands and full-sized products across fashion, beauty, home, and more — from a little to a lot!

How it works:

Pick a plan Select your subscription plan (Full subscription 39.95 – Mini 18.95)
Discover Unwrap your box of full-size surprises.
Love Share your new favorite must haves with your friends!

Must Have MINI Subscription

Introducing a smaller version of our box of curated, full-sized products (note: items are different from monthly Must Have) including the best in fashion, beauty, and home for only $18.95, shipping included. Your subscription will auto-renew, so you get a little present every month!

The Box mini:

Popsugar Mini May 2016

This is the second month of ‘the mini’ and those of you whom read my review last month know I initially felt a bit unimpressed with the launch box in this category.  After receiving my original monthly PSMH box I felt quite a bit better about it, odd as that may seem; as together, they worked perfectly, making the mini version make much more sense.  I’ve only just received this months mini and have not received my full sized version as of yet so only time will tell if I am correct in my little ‘epiphany’; but, based on the first month I feel like the mini is more of a ‘booster pack’ for the original making both the content and the value better when you subscribe to both boxes. (check out my reviews for April’s Must Have & Must Have Mini)  The value on this month’s mini seemed quite a bit higher than the first month but I’ll get to that later, and just as last month the box featured only 2 products.

The Product Cards & Info:

Must Have Mini May 2016

Must have mini Popsugar May 2016

The Goods:

Oasis Hydrating Treatment H2O + beauty

H2O + Oasis Hydrating Treatment: Sugg. Retail $38.00

This has been kind of a cult favorite hydrating product for many years but it is my first time trying it personally.  I was happy, upon opening the tub to find that the product is a gel cream as my skin seems to tolerate formulas such as this better than heavy creams, especially for day time use.  The product is an ocean blue shade and has a light marine type scent.  It smells really nice.  It feels light, cool and ultra hydrating upon application and I really like the product and feel like it really delivers in the hydrating department without being heavy or pore clogging.  I’ve also been putting it on my neck a couple times a day for a moisture boost as well as a kind of ‘pick me up’.  I did however find that while H2o + does have this product on their site (different packaging) for $36.00 (um…almost the $38.00 listed, right? haha) you can purchase this product at Ulta for $18.00, also different packaging.  Pretty huge price difference…

Oasis Hydrating Treatment

…and here is what it looks like

zingo water bottle

Zing Anything Zingo Tritan, White: Sugg. Retail $12.99

This is a 22 oz citrus infusing water bottle.  I own a couple of these types of bottles already so I wasn’t too excited to see this in my box.  The concept of the bottle is nice, especially if you like infused water.  The bottle has a nice looking design, is leak-proof and dishwasher safe.  It’s easy to use; simply unscrew the bottom cup, flip the vessel on the top cap, and press a citrus half into the reamer. Screw back on the bottom lid, add water through the cap opening, shake and enjoy.  I did grab a bag of lemons today as I hear that lemon water is a good way to begin your day… I plan to at least get some use out of it.  The product sells for 9.99 on Zingo’s site so again I’m perplexed by PSMH’s retail value, I suppose they may be adding the $2.95 per order shipping cost.

Zingo Juice:infusing water bottle

Here is what it looks like disassembled.

Well… I’m left with mixed emotions on this one, again.  On one hand, the value discrepancies bug me, while I am aware that PSMH has no control over a product being offered at a reduced price, I just feel that the value is pretty low.  On another hand, I do love the moisturizer and will likely snag another since Ulta has it for half the price.  Essentially I’m looking at it as: I purchased the moisturizer (Ulta’s price on the moisturizer and the must have mini box cost are the same) and got a water bottle as a free gift… I have not peeked at the full sized must have spoilers, so here’s to hoping for a great one!

If you would like to subscribe to this mini yourself or to the fabulous full sized version you can do so here and use code: MUSTHAVE5 for $5.00 off! *coupon code effective on full size version only, not the mini.


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  1. Popsugar Must Have May 2016 – Kelifornia79

    […] May Must Have is here.  I swear; receiving the little dose of Popsugar that is, the mini, makes it even harder to wait for this box’s arrival!  Just as last month, the mini wasn’t anything to write home about, but paired with the full sized box it’s the perfect little ‘booster pack’ to complete the theme. (I do really love that moisturizer though) Click here for my PSMH Mini review. […]


  2. stephieestie

    I still am not convinced to add this sub box anytime soon. The moisturizer sounds nice but still. I guess like you said, it’s a nice box to compliment the bigger one.

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    1. kelifornia79

      I feel ya. If I wasn’t already subscribed; I wouldn’t have after the first two boxes either. I’ll likely give it another month or two and then find a replacement sub. something else in the lifestyle category. I need to look in to that..

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      1. stephieestie

        Do you have the Sephora one yet? I also hear FabFitFun is a good one.

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      2. kelifornia79

        I’m finally getting my first Sephora Play any day now (man, longest wait list ever) I get the quarterly Rachel Zoe, box of style and all of the quarterly PSMH’s. The fab fit fun never seems too exciting to me. The summer version, full spoilers are all out..the fact that with coupon you can snag it for 39.99 is pretty awesome, if you dig the spoilers though!

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      3. stephieestie

        Seriously. Actually, I’m still waiting for the Macy’s one. I forgot all about it. Do they even still have it? I just heard of FabFitFun and how some people like it but I personally haven’t tried it. I haven’t seen the summer version but I think I’ll pass. I feel like I sometimes accumulate way more than I can use and unless it’s 100% worth it, I skip it. Enjoy yours though! 🙂

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      4. kelifornia79

        No..I’m not getting it either. I was just surprised what a good deal you can get it for with coupon. It’s too repeat-y for me, every time I see it. Nothing I get excited about. I had signed up for the Macy’s one when it first launched to the select few bloggers and such..I have not seen any reviews or anything since the beginning though…I wonder if they opted out of continuing on with it? It looked really good though and similar to Sephora’s. And yea, I hear ya. I certainly accumulate way too much.

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      5. stephieestie

        I haven’t heard anything about the Macy’s one either so maybe they decided to cancel, though it looked like a good deal. We’ll see. 🙂


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